The Tulane Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is dedicated to teaching, clinical service, and research. Educational experiences designed to teach the next generation of clinicians are provided through integrated medical student training and multiple residencies that include general psychiatry, combined psychiatry and internal medicine, forensic, child and adolescent, and triple board programs. We also provide postdoctoral fellowships, psychology internships, and annual continuing medical education programs. Led by John Thompson, MD, Chair of the department, our more than 50 full-time, multidisciplinary faculty have a wide range of expertise and are continually pioneering innovative clinical programs. Research from our faculty has been transforming our understanding and treatment of emotional and behavioral problems across the lifespan.


Owl Cub Awards

Chris Davis, MD  2015 Outstanding Psychiatry Resident Award

Drs. Brand McConville and Ashley Weiss Outstanding Attendings in Psychiatry

Check out the Heath Society Facebook page for pictures from the department welcome party.


Diversity-Informed Mental Health Tenets:
Tenet 2 – Champion Children’s Rights Globally
Tenet 7 – Support Families in their Preferred Language

Friday, July 31, 2015
11:00 to 12:00 noon  (This is a new time for the 2015-16 academic year)
Murphy Building
14th floor, Room 1439 

Presented by:
Devi Murphy,
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics
Tulane University

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
(For questions regarding credit, please contact Noemi Mercado at 988-3772)


Disorder in the Court: The Effectiveness of Mental Health Court in Reducing Recidivism

July 31, 2015
12:00 noon – 1:00 PM

BioInnovation Center (1441 Canal St)  - Note: The BioInnovation Center is across the street from Tidewater
1st Floor Conference Room

Amanda Gallagher, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Clinical Psychology
Tulane University School of Medicine

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
(For questions regarding credit, please contact Noemi Mercado at 988-3772)

Check out the Heath Society Facebook page for pictures from the department graduation.

Meet our new Psychology Interns for 2015-2016

Anna Kelley, M.A
University of Denver, Denver, CO

Kathryn Fleming, M.A., M.S.
Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL

Amie Herrman Lofton, M.S.
Carlos Albizu University, Miami, FL

Zoe Leibowitz, M.A.
Spalding University, Louisville, KY

James McAbee, M.A.
University of South. Alabama, Mobile, AL

The department filled all the residency slots for 2015-2016.  Please join us in welcoming our new residents.

  • BRYCE BLANTON, Ross University School of Medicine
  • JON CHRISTOPHER BUCKLEY,University of South Alabama College of Medicine    
  • MANDEEP GILL, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
  • FOSTER HAYS, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • NITHYA RAVINDRAN, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine         


  • BO ‘LIZ’ PENG, Rush Medical College of Rush Univ Medical Center        


  • RACHEL HAMMER, Mayo Medical School
  • AMANDA SATTERTHWAITE, Meharry Medical College


  • MYRA FERNANDO, General Psychiatry residency: LSU-Our Lady of the Lake, Baton Rouge, Medical School: Touro University College of Ostheopathic Medicine
  • KATAIE SIGALOW, General Psychiatry Residency: University of Toledo, Medical School:  University of Toledo College of Medicine


  • VEROICA ALEXANDER, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • ELIZABETH PHILLIPS, Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina

Tulane Psychiatry residents shine at the 2014 American Psychiatry Association Annual Meeting

Congratulations, Veronique!! What a great way to work your "outside" interest into your rotation to make patients feel better and also turn it into an academic project.

Yoga beneficial in inpatient setting | Psychiatry

Psychiatry | NEW YORK —In a study of 80 inpatient psychiatric patients, regular yoga classes were self-rated as beneficial to overall treatment in 82.2% of participants, the researchers highlighted at the poster session during the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting. In a population of 80 participants from the East Jefferson Inpatient Psychiatric Unit in Metairie, Louisiana.  Read more...


Congratulations Holly on your poster and for being on APA TV.

NEW YORK-A search of "#suicide" on the social media site Instagram revealed images that romanticized suicide and self-harm or showed graphic depictions of suicide acts. Researchers presented this exploratory study at the 167th Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.

"Our findings are alarming," wrote study authors Arshya B. Vahabzadeh, MD, of Harvard Medical School in Boston and Holly, Peek MD, MPH, of Tulane University in New Orleans. "It appears the Instagram policy of identifying and removing content with suicidal/self-harm images is ineffective."  Read more...

View the APA TV interview